Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Film Reveal

On Wednesday it was time to reveal our film to the rest of the Manaiakalani Schools. Almost everyone at this school attended the Sylvia Park Hoyts to watch films created by other Manaiakalani schools as well as ours. Every class from Ruapotaka School made a movie. Our film was one of the first ones. The film was based on rugby values such as sportsmanship and obeying the referees judgement. I enjoyed multiple films but ours was the best.


Friday, 3 November 2017

Term 4 Tests

Today Room 12 had assessments. Everyone had to separate our desks so that we couldn't copy each other. I was a little bit nervous. Firstly we were tested on our Maths skills. We didn't have a time limit because Mrs Golder had to read the questions out. It started off easy but then as we reach around question thirty two it became harder and harder.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

First Tech Of Term 4

On Wednesday, the year 8 students went to Tamaki College for their first Tech of Term 4.
Mr Grundy welcomed us to the class. He alerted us about the dangers. Step by step he taught us how to cut stained glass just in case we forgot over the holidays. When I was cutting the glass I found it really difficult. Some people were already on tinning so we had to stay away from them. Everyone was working hard and doing their work.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Spinning Disc

Room 12 did an experiment using a spinning disc. The spinning disc is a circle with two colours on each half. Our focus was to combine two colours on a wheel and spin it as fast as possible so the colour change will be easy to observe. The colours we used were blue, red and green. With each wheel a new colour emerged.

When our circles were finished we punched two holes into the centre of the circle. We inserted a string through the circle. We turned the string until we couldn't turn it any more. We pulled the string and we noticed different colours in each of the following combinations:  blue and red made purple, green and red made yellow and blue and green made turquoise.  

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Duffy Role Model

On Tuesday Michel Mulipola visited our school. Michel is a comic book artist and a pro wrestler. His love of drawing and reading inspired some of the students. He illustrated the book Headlocked: The Last Territory. He is a wrestler at the Impact Pro Wrestling. He enjoys his time as a wrestler and  artist.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Today we went to Tamaki College for Technicraft. This week we switched over to Mr Grundy's Woodwork. The year 8's are doing stained glass while the year 7's are doing graphics.

As we entered the workshop Mr Grundy warned everyone about the dangers inside. Everyone grabbed a stool and sat at a table. He told us not to hold the glass by its side, because you may cut yourself. Stained glass is very hard to learn.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Pacifika Study Performance

Today at assembly each class had an item based on our Pasifika Study. Every room had a different performance. Room 1 performed a traditional Samoan dance called Sāsā.

The most interesting performance for me was Room 6. They performed a catwalk. The students were wearing traditional Samoan and Tongan clothes such as ofu loku's, puletaha, puletasi and ta'olava.

At the end of every performance we would give each class  a round of applause.

Room 12 sang a song from Moana called 'How Far I'll Go'. We were nervous at the start of the song then as we came towards the end everyone started to sing louder. Everyone enjoyed the song.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Last week, we were studying about Matariki. It is celebrated during the winter solstice. It means 'eyes of god' or 'little eyes'. The Maori New Year starts when the new moon rises. The Matariki stars are bigger and brighter than the other stars. It is a great time to harvest crop and collect seafood. Some people celebrate Matariki by spending time with family.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Practicing Our Skipping

For the last few weeks, Room 12 have been practicing their skipping. Once everyone grabbed their ropes we did ten skips forwards, backwards then side to side for warm ups. When we had finished our warm ups, we went into our groups.

 The members in my group are Timote, Pate, Lupe, Dakbai and Saluselo. For our skipping routine we are practicing to do push ups. When the skipping session is almost finished, we do a skip off to see who will skip the longest.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Daily Fitness 😥😥

Every morning after the bell rings, all the seniors have to line up for our daily fitness. Our fitness is running around the block for 10 minutes.I usually run with Azahar and Jack Daniel. We always stay on the left side so we don't slowdown the other runners.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

National Milk Day

Today New Zealand is celebrating National Milk Day. This morning when we were drinking our milk, Mrs Golder said that it was National Milk Day. While everyone was drinking their milk, Meana took photos of the Room 11 and 12 students. National Milk Day has been celebrated every year on the 1st of June since 2001. On that day, we celebrate all aspects of milk.

Friday, 26 May 2017

We Are The Champions!!

On Wednesday we had an epic Inter-School Soccer Tournament. Representing Ruapotaka were me, Lupe, Min Zin, Dakbai, Saluselo, Timote, Meana, Izabella, Isabell, Katrina, and Solomone.

In our division there were Glen Taylor, Tamaki Primary and Sylvia Park. We defeated Glen Taylor and Sylvia Park but lost to Tamaki Primary.
In our last pool match we thrashed St Patricks beating them by 7- 0. In the Semi-Finals the result was Panmure Bridge 4, Ruapotaka 0.We made the finals - everyone was excited.

In the Finals we went up against Stone Fields, which was really intense. Both teams were trying their best to win the game. But no-one won, so it ended with a draw (0-0) Dakbai scored the most goals (5) and our MVP (Most Valuable Player) was Captain Lupe.
Overall we came 1st equal. Our whole team was tired and exhausted.

We are the 2017 CHAMPIONS!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

First Syndicate Assembly

Last week on Monday, Room 12 hosted the first Senior Syndicate Assembly for Term 2. Firstly, I welcomed the rooms to our assembly. Then, we sang a song called How Far I'll Go. Next, we had an epic lip sync battle. Room 11 was defending their L.S.B championship title. Two contestants from each class participated in the contest. Sadly, Room 12 couldn't win because we were the hosts. Dominic and Penny won the competition. Everyone enjoyed it.

Lip Sync Battle Contestants:
Room 9- Jacob and Diego(Options)   
Room 10- Penny and Dominic(Let it Go)
Room 11- Meafou and Vika(
Room 12- Lupe and Mika (Rolex)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Back To Technicraft

Today we went to Tamaki College to begin our  Technicraft class for this term. The year 8 students had cooking with Mrs Tuipolotu.

We made coconut truffles. The ingredients were oreos, coconut, condensed milk and chocolate. First we had to break the oreos into little pieces, then put them into a bowl. Later we added the coconut and poured the condensed milk.

After all the ingredients were mixed we had to put it into the fridge for 10 minutes . Next we had to melt some chocolate chips for our topping. When the truffles were ready we poured the melted chocolate on top. It was delicious.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Back To School

Today was exciting for me because it was the second day of Term Two 2017.

Over the holidays there were two special events, Easter Day and Anzac Day. Anzac was important to us because we had learnt about the topic and we even had a special Anzac ceremony. We sang the New Zealand national anthem and had one minute of silence to remember the soldiers in the war.    

Today was very fun and exciting.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Duffy Assembly

Today we had a duffy assembly and our visitors were Henry and Robert Rakate. Last time we saw Henry was at Tamaki Primary last year. He said that Robert Rakate inspired him. Robert was very funny and entertaining. Robert told us about his year eight child. Robert played the Brown Wiggle. Robert Rakate used to work at Mai.FM and then moved to the Breeze. His favourite book was an Astrix book.

Thursday, 2 March 2017


For the past few weeks Rooms 12 and 11 have been learning about pest and how they thrive in our environment. We had to find out what the local pests are in New Zealand. At first I didn't know much about pests, but as we were learning about pests this is what I found out.

All About Pests

Pests are unwanted insects and animals that crawl into people's houses and attack farmers crops, food and livestock. They are creatures that hang around filthy areas.

Pests like rats carry different diseases. Its bite causes people to be sick. It causes fever and rashes on your body. Blood comes out of your mouth, nose and under your skin. Eventually people will die.

There are many types of pests but the most dangerous one of all is the mosquito. The mosquito carries the disease called malaria. This disease causes people to vomit, itch, fever, headache and nausea. The malaria could kill humans.

Armadillos also carry diseases like leprosy. It will cause muscle weakness, numbness in the hands, arms, feet, and legs and skin lesion. Leprosy rarely causes death but if untreated it causes much disability.

Pests are dangerous, carrying so many diseases. Their diseases are very deadly and could kill people. They overrun people's homes and damage crops. Every pest is cruel to humankind.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


This whole week we had tests. The Year 7's in Room 12 had to line up and go to Room 11 and the Year 8's in Room 11 had to come to Room 12. Some of the tests were difficult and some were kind of easy. Our first test was Reading, then Spelling and lastly Maths. At the start of every test I was nervous.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Duffy Theatre

On Tuesday the whole school went to the Multipurpose Room to watch a Duffy Show. Jess, Emily and Vita did the Duffy Show. The show was about Millicent a Super Hero from another Planet who helps Duffy save Global Warming while he helps her read. At the end of the show we asked them a few questions and I had to say thank you. Everyone enjoyed it.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Senior Syndicate Assembly 2017

On Tuesday we hosted the first Senior Syndicate Assembly for 2017. After interval we practised our Assembly in the Multipurpose Room. Vaimoana chose our songs. The first song was 'Be Happy' and 'Lean On Me'. First we welcomed Ms Riley to the Senior Block. For the assembly we had a dance competition. Each class had to choose two or more students to dance.